Prisco has an interesting story about the impact of Goodell's crackdown on the upcoming draft. Evidently, if your character's questionable, the expectation is you'll be dropping to the third this year, even if you have first-second round talent: http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/10137793 There will probably be some effect, even if a "general rule" can't be established (i.e., there may be counterexamples, but your average draft position will be affected by the new "Goodell rules.") Now, let's consider the outlook for the Bengals, in terms of their current roster. To the extent that they can keep them out of trouble, their players will be less likely - if this effect can be generalized to free agency - to get lucrative offers elsewhere. (This means their "troubled" players. Obviously, this goes player by player, but a team with many troubled players reaps this reward.) So: "bad boys" become cold product. "Character guys" become highly sought after. The team with the "bad boys" is loaded with risk of suspensions, but faces a lower risk of losing guys through free agency. Now, let's consider the outlook for the Pats: sitting pretty (as always) vis a vis suspensions, etc. But, overall, the Pats (and the Colts, for example,) will face an additional obstacle in the free agency market, in the form of a "character bonus." Let's pile it on: not only do the "good guy" players themselves benefit, but a team like the Pats or Colts are known to vet carefully for character, and additionally instill a "team" philosophy. There are others as well... so if you're looking at a product of these teams in FA, you will pay for that pedigree in and of itself. Thoughts?